“How do I get a barcode?”
In the retail business, there are few questions that get asked more often. Unfortunately, it happens to be one of the most difficult to answer.
“Go to the Uniform Code Council (now GS1),” is the common reply. “Then pay the $750 or more plus annual fees to join and then purchase the software that will allow you to generate your barcodes. Oh, and make sure you put the right barcode on your product or you’ll screw everything up. And then make sure when you print the barcode it’s printed at the correct resolution!”
When you tell a person who just spent their life savings on getting their product together as well as every ounce of mental and physical stamina all of these costs and potential problems, the prospect of getting a barcode can sometimes lead to tears.
So, in 1999, with this question in mind, Erik Quisling, the owner of a successful CD Duplication and Packaging company, decided to figure out a better way to come up with a reply.
BuyaBarcode.com was born.
Going to GS1 himself, he joined, paid the dues, received his barcode prefix number, bought the software, figured out the printing issues, and read all of the fine print in the GS1/U.C.C. manual. To his surprise, after doing his homework, he realized that with the 6-digit barcode prefix they sold him at that time he could legally generate 100,000 unique 12-digit UPC barcodes. And by selling these UPC barcodes one at a time, he could make life easy for anyone out there who only really needs a few barcodes at best. Suddenly, the most difficult to answer question was now the easiest to answer. A genuine new service was born that everyone could smile about.